Archive - Apr 2003

April 30th

Costumers and Fencers to Meet in Denver

The Known World Costuming Symposium and the Known World Academy of the Rapier will both meet on October 17-19, 2003 in the Barony of Caerthe, Kingdom of the Outlands at the Renaissance Denver Hotel in Denver, Colorado.

Campaign to Save Stern of Newport Ship Fails

Those who have been following the fate of the Newport Ship will be sad to learn that efforts to save the stern have failed.

April 29th

New Zealand Groups to Join Lochac

In a vote by the Board of Directors on April 26, it was decided that SCA groups in New Zealand would become part of the Kingdom of Lochac.

Pennsic University Instructors May Register Online

Gentles wishing to teach classes at the upcoming Pennsic War may register online, according to Mistress Chai'usun, Pennsic 32 A&S Coordinator.

Tir Righ Becomes An Tir Crown Principality

It was decided at last weekend's Board of Director's Meeting that Tir Righ in the Kingdom of An Tir will become a Crown Principality.

Warrior Challenge Comes to PBS

Those who enjoyed the recent program on medieval jousting will want to take a look at the new PBS series "Warrior Challenge," where four groups of British and American people will learn "hands-on history."

April 27th

Lace, Celtic Knotwork, and Weights and Measures Resources All Online

Aoife offers an eclectic blend this week with annotated resources for: "Lace, Celtic Knotwork, and Weights and Measures."

A Short Report from the Rowany Festival in Lochac

Wind and dust could not deter the stagwart subjects of the Kingdom of Lochac from enjoying the annual Rowany Festival held mid-April 2003. This is a short report from Lord Miles de Colwell.

Harry Potter Honored for Helping to Save British Tourist Industry

Guardian Unlimited: British Culture Minister Kim Howells recently honored the Harry Potter books and movies for bringing British tourism back from the disastrous Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic.

Athena's Thimble, Embroidery Guild to Offer Consultation Tent

Members of Athena's Thimble, the East Kingdom Embroidery Guild, will be available for consultation at the East Kingdom Crown Tournament May 3, 2003 in Dillsburg, PA.

Photos from the Recent Production of "A Midsummer's Night Dream" Now Online

Players from the Barony of Carolingia in the East Kingdom recently resented a production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." View the results online.

Kingdoms to Compete for Pennsic "Honor Point"

The Kingdom of AEthelmearc is sponsoring an unoffical "Honor Point" at the Pennsic War to honor the kingdom with the most volunteers.

April 25th

SwordMaiden.com Launched

SwordMaiden.com is up and running. It is a web site designed to be a resource for women fighters in the SCA. Come check it out.

April 24th

Barter System Alive and Well in the SCA

SCA members who would like to barter for goods and services may want to investigate the SCA Barter Listserve.

Cancer Linked to Viking Genes

Guardian Unlimited: Vikings immigrating to Scotland 1,000 years ago may have brought cancer genes with them

Free web hosting for SCA-related groups

New website offers free "geocities" style hosting for SCA-related groups and individuals.

AEthelmearc Theater to Present Drumming Workshop

On Tuesday, April 29, 2003, the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock, PA will present an African drumming workshop with master drummer Maxwell Kofi Donkor.

April 23rd

13th Century Paintings Discovered in English Church

telegraph.co.uk: Conservation work in a London church has uncovered 13th century wall paintings depicting Mary Magdalene.

Size of Massive Avebury "Monster" Larger than Expected

Ground-penetrating radar has been used to determine the size of one of the Avebury megaliths.

Byzantine Gold in Scandinavia the Topic of Research Paper

A research paper entitled "Post festum. Solid gold among the Swedes from the end of the Migration Period solidi import to the beginning of the Viking raids" was read at this year's Medieval Academy of America in Minneapolis, 12 April 2003.

April 22nd

Online Publications List Offers Wealth of Research Material on SCA-Related Topics

An annotated list of publications of interest to SCA members is available online.

Hadrian's Wall Walking Path

Guardian Unlimited: The 84-mile-long restored Hadrian's Wall is now the world's most expensive walking path, costing

Medieval Chapel and Graveyard Discovered in Norwick

Shetland Times: Archaeologists are investigating what may well be the remains of a medieval chapel and Norse graveyard unearthed during the extension of a modern cemetery.

Falcons Used to Control NYC Park Pigeons

Falconer Thomas Cullen is using hawks to control the pigeon problem in New York's Bryant Park.

Dragon's Head Still a Mystery in Lincoln

Lincolnshire Echo: An 850-year-old stone dragon's head has been discovered beneath a car showroom in Lincoln, England.

April 21st

13th Century Love Token Discovered by Retired Secretary

A 13th century gold brooch was discovered recently by Adina Parnell, a retired school secretary in Devon, England.

Text for the Ducal Scroll for Andreas Online

Duke Andreas of the East Kingdom was awarded his ducal scroll while serving in the military in the Middle East. The text of the scroll is online.

British TV Team Excavates Roman Villa

Evening Star: Time Team, a British television program dealing with archaeological projects, is digging up a Roman villa in the Castle Hill area of Suffolk.

April 19th

SCAdian POW Rescued from Captivity in Iraq

According to his bio, Sgt. James Riley is "a science fiction buff" and is making himself a chainmail hauberk. But most important of all is that he is now safely released from Iraqi captors.

East Kingdom Royals to Select A&S Champions

The East Kingdom A&S Challenge will take place May 24-25, 2003 at War of the Roses in the Barony of Concordia where the Kingdom A&S Champions will be chosen.